Minimalism

Minimalist lifestyle means protesting against the consumerist society we live in by reducing the objects that surround us to a minimum. This idea became quite popular in the last couple of years and it promises freedom from the burdens of shallow lifestyle.

Let’s see first, what are the adventages of living a minimalist lifestyle?
– By learning how to avoid the influential power of advertisements, you will be able save money and be more eco friendly.
– Less things mean less cleaning!
– You are ready to focus on the important things rather than objects tying you down. Travelling, sports, whatever you like.
– You will learn to live with only the things you really need.
– You will be able to pack lightly when travelling.

I admit that I’m very very very far from living a minimalist lifestyle (and I honestly think I’ll never be able to do it properly), but there are certain things I want to embrace from this lifestlye. Now come closer, dear reader, the following can be helpful to you too:

1. Before buying anything, make a pros and cons list in your head before deciding to pay for it. Buy the things you really need or fall in love with instead of buying something because it’s currently on sale, or because ‘you can wear to somewhere someday’.
2. Do regular decluttering ceremonies in your house twice a year (or more often, if you want to!). If you haven’t used something in the last months, you are not really needing that item. Think about clothes and shoes that don’t fit as well!
3. Throw everything away that expired (including food and beauty products) or are broken and can’t be repaired.
4. Rethink your beauty products and toiletries. One shampoo (and one spare if that bottle gets empty) should be enough.
5. Don’t be ashamed if you don’t like the things you get from friends or family members. Instead of beating around it in the house forever, try to find a new purpose or a new owner for them.
6. Invest in one better quality item instead of 5 cheaper ones that don’t last.
7. Start reusing, refilling and repairing things.
8. What about multiples? Do you really need 3 headphones?
9. Get rid of free and commercial stuff.
10. Let’s admit that sometimes we judge buy the cover. Bought a book but didn’t really like it? Give it to a second hand book shop.

Good luck on your journey to freedom!

 

 

Banana shake

Banana, ooh na na… Sorry, I just can’t get that song out of my head! Here is my banana shake recipe that only requires 3 ingredients!

Ingredients:
– 2 bananas
– 0.5 l milk
– 2 teaspoons of honey

What to do next?
Cut the bananas into 1 cm pieces, than put everything in the blender. Told you it’s super easy!

Why is this banana shake great?
– since bananas contains a lot of calories compared to other fruit, it is a great choice for a healthy breakfast that will last for hours
– it only contains 3 ingredients, all of which are healthy
– it’s a great substitution for eating sweets

Household remedies for a cold

Don’t worry, mummy, I’m not ill, I just want to pass on the knowledge I acquired all these years!

Although the weather was getting better and better the last couple of weeks, it was snowing again in my town and it became kind of frosty. It didn’t care that I wanted to put away my boots, but breathed ice into my face and went away laughing… I’m not going to give up the fight now, I wear warm clothes and do some of these things as prophylaxis.

First of all, it’s important to drink a lot while being ill to stay hydrated. Warm (but not too hot!) tea is the best solution.
There’s no need to add sugar to it (you probably won’t be able to taste anything anyway!), but if you really want to something, that should be honey. Honey alone is also a great idea. It’s viscosity is so high that it cleans the throat well.
Citrus fruit are full of vitamin C, so have as much as possible of orange or lemon. I usually put a juice of half a lemon into 0,5 l water, it’s very refreshing. Or you can try mixing the same amount with 2 teaspoons of honey together.
There is a vegetable that contains even more vitamin C, and that is paprika! This is actually how Albert Szent-Györgyi, a Hungarian Noble-Prize winner discovered vitamin C in the first place.
Another secret remedy I learned from my grandmother is garlic! Reprobates and the desperate can try mixing it with with lemon and honey.
And finally, chicken soup can also come handy in time of need. Even when you lack appetite. Try adding pepper as well, because they cause warmth in your throat.

Smoothies for president!

In the last couple of years I’ve became very fond of these super yummi and healthy drinks. Although I’m making them quite often at home, smoothie heaven can be found at Mercato La Boqueria in Barcelona. Coconut, mint, watermelon are just few of the flavours I tried. They were very refreshing in hot summer days and I hope I’ll come back someday for more.

Here is my personal favourite (and super easy) smoothie recipe:

Ingredients:
– 1 apple
– 1 orange
– a handful of red berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.)
– juice of half a lemon
– 2 dl water or some ice cubes if it’s summer

What to do next?
Wash and peel all the ingredients, and cut them into 2-3 cm peaces. Then put all of them into a blender and mix them for 30 seconds.
Yep, and that is all! Amazing, isn’t it?

Why are smoothies great?
– they are made of natural ingedrients, that means they are rich of antioxidants, vitamins and fibers
– you don’t need sugar or honey to make it sweeter
– they are great if you want to lose weight, train or just want to lead a healthy life
– lactose intolerant people can drink them as well unlike shakes
– it’s easier to drink this amount of fruit or vegetables than eating them separately

My skincare routine

Before we go further, let’s get some things straight. First of all, I have to state that everyone should use skincare products that suits their skin type. Mine is dry and sensitive, so if yours isn’t, don’t take advice from my habits. If you don’t know your skin type yet, consult with a dermatologist. And the second thing is, this is not a sponsored post.

Every morning when I wake up, I wash my face with cold water. It may sound harsh, but it wakes and freshens me up. After drying it with a clean towel, I use a face cream called Love Nature Gel Cream that contains aloe vera from Oriflame, because it hydrates my skin well. In the evening, I use Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water to remove my mascara and I also use it for cleaning my face. When I’m taking a shower, I always wash my face with a simple soap to clean my pores. After that I put on the same cream I used in the morning. Twice a week I use Garnier’s Pure Active Exfobrusher. For other parts of my body I use Nivea Care Intensive Pflege. I have to take special care of my hands because I have to sterilize it many times a day, so before I fall asleep I put Nivea Creme on my hands. In the summer, I use La Roche-Posay sunscreen that has 50 sun protection factor.

What else can you do to take care of your skin?
Don’t smoke.
Don’t go to solariums.
Don’t get sunburnt a lot because it increases the risk of having melanoma.
Hydrate your skin inside and outside by drinking enough water every day and buy using hydrating products.
Don’t use too much mascara. Or if you do, make sure to remove it completely every night.
Sleep at least 7 hours a day.